Organization offers 'Head Start' to underserved youth

Program now accepting enrollment applications

Children participating in the Lutheran Services Florida Head Start program
Children participating in the Lutheran Services Florida Head Start program

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Lutheran Services Florida organization believes that every child deserves the best start in life, no matter their circumstances. It’s the driving force behind the organization’s Head Start program., which is now accepting applications for enrollment. 

The first five years of a child’s life are essential in getting them ready for a happy, healthy and successful future. LaTanya Wynn-Hall with Lutheran Services of Florida said Head Start works to offer the highest quality early educational services across the state of Florida, especially in communities that are traditionally underserved.

Wynn-Hall said Lutheran Service Florida formed partnerships with organizations throughout the Duval County community, such as the Jacksonville Children’s Commission, Early Learning Coalition of Duval, Children’s Home Society and Duval County Public Schools, among many others, to ensure that high-quality early childhood education is accessible to all families in need.

"We have 39 locations to provide families with the options they need," Wynn-Hall said. "

Families must meet current federal poverty guidelines in order to qualify for Head Start-Early Head Start. Foster children who are age eligible may qualify regardless of their family’s income.

Parents must provide the following documents when applying:

  • Birth certificate (Proof of Guardianship/Custody if applicable)
  • Proof of residency
  • Proof of income for the past 52 weeks or previous calendar year (i.e. pay stubs, W-2, 1040, statement from employer, etc.)
  • Documentation of child’s disability (if applicable)
  • Photo identification of parent

Applications will be accepted daily at the Head Start Administrative office listed below at 3027 San Diego Drive Jacksonville, Florida 32207.

Click here for a link to the online application form. For more information on the LSF Head Start Program, call 904-423-8637 or visit the Head Start Administration Office.